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Preach until they are hardened.

an-angry-mobPaul in Ephesus (Acts 19:8-9) “went into the synagogue and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God…
But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them…”


Preach election until your listeners are hardened.
They will then leave, or ask you to leave, but the elect in that company (if so there be any) will cleave to Christ, and your commission as a preacher will have been fulfilled. The proof of a fulfilled ministry is not when you see souls saved, but when you see souls hardened. Arminian preachers who preach only to see smiling faces, possess no such measuring rod to assess the effectiveness of their ministry. Only the preacher of grace shall see the fruit of his ministry, the bad fruit of angry hardened hearts being as much evidence as good fruit of a job well done in the pulpit. The damned will go to their place, and without excuse. Paul knew that an angry mob “made full proof of his ministry, that he had fought a good fight, finished his course, and kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:5-8).

This is what Paul taught in Ephesus, which saved the elect, and hardened the damned:
Ephesians 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus…
4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world…
5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will…
7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace…
9 Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure which he hath purposed in himself…
11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
12 That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
13 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation…
18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened…
19 And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power which he wrought in Christ…

Ken Connolly on The Valley Of Dry Bones

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Enough of me preaching… I’m not fit to hold a candle to this man. They called Spurgeon ‘The Prince of Preachers’, but I was fortunate to be alive and sit under the ministry of another Prince of Preachers, Dr Kenneth Connolly. I also had the privilege of making his acquaintance first-hand, and spending quality leisure time with him, during which he mentored me in theology and the craft of preaching, at no charge.

Alas, he is with the Lord now, therefore although he is now comforted in Abraham’s bosom, there is consequently one less preacher now left on earth who really knew how to do the job, and in this dark age, we need such preachers more than ever. God’s removal of Dr Connolly from among the realm of the living is a judgement, not on him, but on mankind, for behold, “the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD”.

In the computer game jargon of kids today, there is a word: ‘Pwned’.
It means to totally conquer, dominate, humiliate, convince, or win over an opponent or situation. I can’t think of a better word to describe Ken Connelly’s mastery of the pulpit. Click the link below and you will receive the blessing of hearing Dr Connolly totally pwning a congregation some twenty years ago on the subject of Ezekiel’s vision of the Valley Of Dry Bones:

Ken Connolly: The Valley Of Dry Bones (sound only, no video version available)